Fall is a beautiful time for getting in those last rays of sunshine, cleaning up the yard, and preparing for winter. It is also a great time of year to get the exterior painting or staining done on your Calgary house. It is best to do your exterior painting before winter because over the cold season the high moisture and freezing and thawing will begin to erode your old paint. Calgary also enjoys a disproportionate amount of sunshine all year around. Although we Calgary dwellers love this, it is extremely hard on exterior finish of our houses. If paint isn’t there to protect those materials, they will begin to chip, rot, or peel, leaving the exterior of your house more vulnerable to the elements.
Calgary weather is now still dry enough that the paint will be able to properly sit and not get wet with an unexpected snow. Fall is also the preferred time because if you paint in the middle of summer, the direct exposure to the sun can fade and bleach your paint before it has even been able to tackle the winter elements. Too much heat from the sun can also cause the paint to bubble if the surface you are painting on is too hot. The bubbling will leave blemishes on parts of your house that look unsatisfactory and can begin to peel over time. The dry weather and less sunlight will allow for you to get outside and touch up those beams, sidings, or any other spots that need another coat.
When painting your exterior, it is a good idea to consider what type of paint you will use before you head to the store. There are various types available, and it is important to do your research and determine what type of paint is optimal for your home. You will need to consider the material being painted, potential exposure to elements and any health risks associated with a particular product. Although the paint job is outside, paint fumes can still find their way indoors. Almost all paints will have Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), but there are some that have a much lower level of VOCs and still offer the durability that you are looking for.
You will see the best results when you use high quality paint. Water based latex paints are ideal for most exterior applications. These paints are breathable and will not trap moisture leading to cracking or peeling. If you have cedar shakes you will most likely be using a stain; solid or semi transparent. You will also need to decide on the paint sheen to be used; flat, semi-gloss, satin enamel or high gloss enamel.
Stucco paints have also come a long way. Certain products offer excellent qualities like being mildew, dirt and moisture resistant. Remember to check the MSDS (material safety data sheet) to ensure that they meet the highest standards for your health which usually means that VOC levels are as low as possible.
An experienced painter will be able to easily guide you towards the best paint choice for your Calgary home. Paint products are evolving quickly providing homeowners with excellent choices both for our home and our health.
A fresh coat of paint on the outside of your house will protect it from the elements and choosing the right type of paint will protect you as well. With new exterior paint, your house will look fresh and inviting even in the winter months. Hire a Who To Call Exterior Painter this fall and ensure that the exterior of your house is ready for winter!